Public asked to comment on goals for town’s future

GUILDERLAND — As it updates its comprehensive plan, the town is holding an open house on Monday, Feb. 12, from 7 to 9 p.m., at Guilderland Town Hall, located at 5209 Western Turnpike.

The public is invited to engage with a series of activity stations, each at his, her, or their own pace, reacting to preliminary recommendations. The project website at has details about the event and the update effort.

The draft recommendations are aimed at achieving a series of goals for agriculture, the environment, housing, business, recreation, and transportation.

The information gathered from the open house will help the Comprehensive Plan Update Committee better understand community priorities for the future of Guilderland, according to a release from the town.

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  • “Guilderland is one of those schools that was historically not fully funded,” said Andrew Van Alstyne, displaying a chart that showed over the last decade Guilderland was underfunded by $4 million to $5 million each year — a gap that decreased with the phase-in until Guilderland was fully funded with $25 million in Foundation Aid this year.

  • In a Jan. 25 memo to the town board, Jacqueline Coons, Guilderland’s chief building and zoning inspector, wrote that, in allowing single-family or two-family dwellings to be occupied on a transient basis, “It seems appropriate that the use be regulated differently than commercial hotel/motel occupancies as it is a less intense use and as such could be compatible with locations that may not be zoned a commercial district.”

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